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Marston welcomes volunteers

Link to district volunteering guidelines

Parent and community volunteers must complete a volunteer application and be cleared of tuberculosis (TB) before volunteering on our campus. According to state law, all staff and volunteers must have clearance from tuberculosis on record. The clearance is good for four years. Our school district does not provide TB tests and clearances. Volunteers must secure this clearance on their own and provide documentation to the main office. See below for additional screening requirements.
 
Parent and community volunteers MUST sign in at the office and pick up a volunteer or visitor badge before entering the school. All volunteers must sign out each day in the book provided in the office.
 
To protect the confidentiality of our students, the following jobs are not given to volunteers:
  • Jobs that require access to office and student records.
  • Jobs that reveal information about student progress.
  • Jobs that take the student away from the supervision of a teacher.

Volunteer Screening Requirements

The school board has established four categories for school volunteers, each with different screening requirements.
 
Category A
Sample Duties:
  • Visitor or guest for one-time event
  • No unsupervised exposure or contact with students
Examples:
  • Read Across America guest reader
  • Principal for a Day participant
  • Guest/resource speaker or classroom presentation
  • Senior/8th grade exhibition panel member
  • One-time volunteer for school/classroom event
  • Parents eating lunch with their child
  • Parents participating in parent involvement activity such as "Family Friday."

Screening Requirements:

  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID at to site
  • Wear a name badge while on site
  • Sign in at site
Category B

Sample Duties:

  • Group exposure with direct staff supervision
  • Classroom exposure supervised by district staff
  • Open/public settings/classrooms where staff/adults can observe at all times
  • Always within unobstructed view
  • No solitary time with students

Examples:

  • Classroom assistance, tutoring, or reading
  • School police parent patrol volunteers
  • Field trip chaperones (drivers must also follow district procedures re: licensing & insurance coverage)
  • Non-classroom volunteers (office, PTA, SSC, etc.)

Screening Requirements:

  • Sponsored or approved by site of sistrict employee
  • Show ID to site
  • Sign in at site
  • Wear name badge on site
  • Submit district volunteer application
  • Megan's Law Database check (done by site staff)
  • Obtain TB clearance
Category C
Sample Duties:
  • Unsupervised time with students only while on district property with district personnel on site
  • Time with students in areas outside of classroom where staff/adults can observe most times
  • Occasional short periods of solitary time with students and short duration of obstructed view
 
Examples:
  • On-site tutoring outside of the classroom (i.e., OASIS tutoring program, Cal-SOAP)

Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID to site
  • Sign in at site
  • Wear name badge on site
  • Submit district school volunteer application
  • Category C Background Check (done by SDUSD Police Services)
  • Obtain TB clearance

Category D

Sample Duties:

  • Unrestricted exposure and interaction with students
  • Off-campus setting and solitary time with students

Examples:

  • Volunteer walk-on coaches
  • Senior high support personnel for athletics
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Overnight chaperone
Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID when on site
  • Sign in when on site
  • Wear name badge when on site
  • Submit district school volunteer application
  • Category D Background Check -- DOJ & FBI Fingerprint clearance; returning Category D volunteers submit Category C Background Request to keep clearance current -- do not need to reprint)
  • Obtain TB clearance

Chaperoning

Teachers are responsible for determining the need for and the number of chaperones necessary for a field trip. If a parent or family member is selected to chaperone a field trip, the Category B volunteer requirements must be satisfied, which requires a volunteer application, TB clearance and a database check for Megan’s law.
 
In addition, the chaperone will be required to read, sign and date the Chaperone Expectations Checklist and provide a cell phone number to the office prior to the trip.

Thank you for patience and understanding with these new, more stringent volunteer requirements. We believe you agree that this is intended to keep our children safe.